Help fill weekend food bags for hungry children

November 17, 2012

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Studies show that 26 percent of children in Hood County do not know if they will get enough food to eat on any given day.

Children who are eligible for the free or reduced meal program are fed at school during the week. But some of these kids may not have food over the weekend.

“For kids who do not have adequate food over the weekend, studies show it’s Tuesday before they get caught up,” said Billy Martin of the Christian Service Center.

You can make a difference for hungry children in Hood County. Donations are sought to continue funding the Kids Weekend Food program. Organizers hope to reach a goal of $20,000 by year’s end.

“We would like to see this program at every Granbury elementary school,” said Hood County News Publisher Jerry Tidwell. “We have two elementary schools that are not served at this time. With additional funding and more organizations helping with the program, we can make it a reality.”

The Christian Service Center, sponsored by Granbury Church of Christ, is providing weekend food for about 50 participants at Baccus Elementary School and some 20 students at Granbury Middle School.

“It’s very discreet,” Martin said. “School officials tell us how many kids need food each weekend. We don’t get the names, just the number.”

Martin calls the program “the most enjoyable thing I’ve done in my life.”

Students in need at Emma Roberson Elementary are provided weekend food through the Loaves and Fishes program at Lakeside Baptist.

“We pack about 30 bags every Thursday for distribution at the school on Friday,” said Wanda Jordan of Loaves and Fishes.

The bags include two breakfast items such as instant oatmeal, cereal or pop-tarts.

Two lunches and two dinners may include vienna sausage, mac and cheese, soups, small ravioli and ramen noodles.

Snack items like pudding or Jello cups, popcorn, granola bars or crackers are also included.

“We try to put a little extra in the bag for any siblings who might also need food,” Jordan said.

The food cost ranges from $5 to $5.15 for each weekend bag. Support is needed to keep this program running.

Your donation to the United Way Kids Weekend Food program will be used entirely to feed the children. There are no administrative costs.

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